Through three weeks of play in Section II football, here’s our look at the top five teams in each classification.
Troy (No. 1, 3-0) has scored at least 55 points in each of its first three games of the season. Saratoga Springs (No. 2, 3-0) faces a tough challenge this week, heading to CBA to take on the 2-1 Brothers. Shaker (No. 3, 3-0) has allowed only seven points this season, while Shenendehowa (No. 4, 2-1) is coming off a 56-0 victory against Albany. The schedule has been kind to Colonie (No. 5, 3-0), but the Garnet Raiders are one of four remaining undefeated teams in this classification.
Last week: Troy, Saratoga Springs, Shaker, Shenendehowa, Guilderland
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (No. 1, 3-0) has won its last two games by a combined score of 115-6. In shutting out Amsterdam, Queensbury (No. 2, 2-1) put itself in position to potentially secure a home playoff game if it wins in Week 6 when its plays host to Averill Park (No. 3, 3-0). While Amsterdam (No. 4, 2-1) was outplayed for the entirety of its 34-0 loss to Queensbury in Week 2, the Rugged Rams should still be a playoff team in this classification. South Glens Falls (No. 5, 2-1), though, saw its postseason chances take a hard hit with the past week’s loss to Averill Park.
Last week: Burnt Hills, Amsterdam, Queensbury, South Glens Falls, Averill Park
As good as Troy has been in Class AA and Cambridge has been in Class D, no Section II team is more of a favorite in its classification this season than Glens Falls (No. 1, 3-0), which finally allowed its first touchdown last week in a 49-6 win against Johnstown. Schuylerville (No. 2, 3-0) and Cobleskill-Richmondville (No. 3, 3-0) have established themselves as the best of the rest in this classification. The surprising season for Broadalbin-Perth (No. 4, 2-1) continued with a Week 3 win against Class A’s Gloversville, but the Patriots head to Glens Falls in Week 4. Schalmont (No. 5, 0-3) plays host to 1-2 Lansingburgh this week as the Sabres try to save their season after a rough start.
Last week: Glens Falls, Schuylerville, Schalmont, Cobleskill, Broadalbin
Mechanicville (No. 1, 3-0) is riding a hot start and likely won’t be seriously challenged again until the final two weeks of the regular season, when it travels to take on Stillwater and then Hoosick Falls. Since losing its opener to Holy Trinity (No. 2, 2-1), Chatham (No. 3, 2-1) has outscored its opponents 121-6. Stillwater (No. 4, 3-0) takes on Fonda-Fultonville this week before facing a tough two-week stretch against the two top teams in this poll. Voorheesville (No. 5, 2-1) bounced back from a Week 2 loss with a 21-18 win against Watervliet.
Last week: Mechanicville, Holy Trinity, Chatham, Watervliet, Stillwater
Cambridge (No. 1, 3-0), Greenwich (No. 2, 3-0), Canajoharie (No. 3, 3-0) and Whitehall (No. 4, 3-0) have established themselves as the top teams in this classification. Warrensburg (No. 5, 2-1) lost by 30 to Greenwich this past week at home.
Last week: Cambridge, Greenwich, Canajoharie, Whitehall, Warrensburg
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